BRAND NEW! – Crockpot Soup, Etc. at Noon / Book Club at 1:00 pm
Looking for readers: both fiction & non-fiction books, open discussion, all are welcome. Join us for soup and fellowship in the Atherton Chapel area followed by the Book Club in Classroom 1 in the Office Area. We’ll meet on Wednesdays (weather permitting). For more information call the Church Office at 367 – 8384.
Two books being considered for January 24th Book Club, reading beginning January 31st —
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
SMALL GREAT THINGS is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers … The difficult self awareness is what sustains this book … forcing engaged readers to meditate on their own beliefs and actions along with these characters … It’s also exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice. —Washington Post
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing, by Victoria Sweet
A radical new understanding of how medicine is best practiced, from the award-winning author of God’s Hotel.
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing.